• QCS market report 12 August 2019

    Sugar

    • Raw sugar futures have chopped over a 105-point range in the last month.
    • Brazil has continued to reduce sugar output with little effect as oversupply remains an issue for the global market, thanks in large to excess Thai and centrals sugar.
    • The Indian government announced that it will extend the buffer stock to 4mmt, from the previous 3mmt this year, and is expected to make a formal announcement on its 19/20 export policy this month.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD has been a runaway train over the past month, trading from a mid-July USD 0.7082 high to 10-year lows in the last week at USD 0.6677.
    • Trade tensions between the US and China continuing to dominate market sentiment.
    • A busy week on the economic data calendar as the market looks for further policy easing justification in the local employment numbers on Thursday.
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  • QCS Market Report 17 July 2019

    Sugar

    • There was a record July19 contract expiry delivery, as a remarkable 2.1 mmt of sugar was delivered to the tape.
    • Brazilian mills continue to minimise sugar output as demand for ethanol and firm US corn prices support ethanol prices.
    • The Indian Government is set to approve another tranche of 5mmt of exports, with weather being the key driver for the region.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A weaker USD in the face of an impending historical US interest rate cut by the US Federal Reserve has seen the AUD bounce back above USD 0.70.
    • RBA July meeting minutes are due out this week with the market looking for hints around the timing of another interest rate cut at home.
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  • QCS Market Report 19 June 2019

    Sugar

    • After spending much of Q2 below 12 USc/lb, prompt July futures have surged back towards 13 USc/lb.
    • Brazil continues to produce more ethanol over sugar, despite weaker WTI oil prices, with stronger demand for ethanol keeping ethanol prices buoyant.
    • The question remains if and how much sugar India will export this year. If the Indian government can solve the supply glut, then prices are expected to come under pressure again.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A busy few weeks for the AUD as the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) cut interest rates at its latest meeting and indicated more cuts are on the way in 2019.
    • This week we saw the US Federal Reserve leave rates on hold at 2.5%.
    • The AUD continues to trade near USD 0.69. Topside resistance is expected if the market returns toward USD 0.695.
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  • QCS Market Report 15 May 2019

    Sugar

    • It was a turbulent week for raw sugar futures ahead of the annual New York sugar week, with heavy fund selling leading the market into the abyss.
    • Following last week’s negative price action, the market appears to have stabilised at technical support levels near 11.70 USc/lb.
    • As a bounce back above 12 USc/lb looms, large Thai producer pricing likely sits above 12.50 USc/lb, capping too much optimism.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD capped off a big week below USD 0.70. The local unit remained under pressure, with strong US data and no policy change from the RBA.
    • Looking ahead, markets will remain cautious as the trade war continues to swing prices around, based on rhetoric.
    • Thursday sees the local employment report for April, which will be key for the RBA’s meeting next month.
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  • QCS Market Report 12 April 2019

    Sugar

    • Despite the large producer selling hanging over the market, sugar prices have continued to attempt to press forward.
    • Fundamentally, both supply and demand variables will keep sugar in its current range.
    • Weather in Brazil and India remains a game changer, with a likely advance into the 12–13 USc/lb range.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • The AUD traded comfortably above USD 0.71 this week.
    • Supported by positive economic data, elevated natural gas, iron ore and coal prices, the AUD looks set to break out of its recent USD 0.70–0.72 range.
    • The economic data calendar will be important over the coming months, as the market looks for signs to signal a rate cut.
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  • QCS Market Report 29 March 2019

    Sugar

    • Raw sugar futures have had a mixed week, with the prompt May19 contract hovering around 12.50 USc/lb heading into the last session of the week.
    • Price action was highlighted by a small technical bounce toward 12.75 USc/lb before overhanging producer pricing put the brakes on a further advance.
    • Thai estimates continue to come in around 14 mmt.

    Macro/currency commentary

    • A challenge of recent technical resistance levels for the AUD was exacerbated by commentary from a more dovish RBNZ on Wednesday morning.
    • The RBNZ joined the choir of central banks around the globe preaching an easing bias toward rates.
    • Despite some easing near USD 0.7150, the AUD was slapped back below USD 0.71.
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